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Leading the AIPA Session, Indonesia Invites Strengthening Solidity and Encouraging the Upholding of Human Rights and ASEAN Democracy


Jakarta – President Joko Widodo has officially opened the 44th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Session at the Fairmont Hotel, Jakarta, Monday, August 7 2023.

The General Session of the Southeast Asian Parliament is part of the 43rd Summit (ASEAN Summit) during the period of Indonesia’s chairmanship in ASEAN. The DPR RI itself is the host of the 44th AIPA General Assembly.

The Chairperson of the Indonesian Parliament, Puan Maharani, explained a number of strategic issues of concern at the AIPA meeting.

First, said Puan, the need for AIPA to strengthen its commitment in maintaining ASEAN solidity.

“In the midst of various problems in each country, we still need to maintain the commitment that ASEAN togetherness will help and strengthen each other. Together, ASEAN will become stronger,” said Puan.

Puan said the second strategic issue is that AIPA needs to ensure that ASEAN’s interests continue to be heard and paid attention to in solving various problems that require global commitment amidst the issue of big power rivalry.

“Issues of poverty, inequality, industrialization, globalization, gender, health, education, and the environment are some of the problems whose resolution requires global commitment,” he explained.

Third, continued Puan, AIPA needs to keep pushing that the world needs to resolve priority issues that are of common interest, including a just world economic order and climate change mitigation.

Finally, he added, dialogue between the parliaments of AIPA countries and observer countries is expected to be able to bridge and build potential relationships in developing preventive diplomacy.

The Head of the Indonesian Delegation and Deputy Chair of the Indonesian Parliament, Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus said that on this occasion, the Indonesian delegation also conveyed the importance of upholding human rights and democracy in realizing a prosperous and prosperous ASEAN.

“Upholding human rights and democracy is the key to ensuring meaningful and inclusive participation, which will unlock potential and opportunities for prosperity and prosperity,” said Lodewijk.

“In accordance with the AIPA Charter, it is important to promote the principles of human rights, democracy, peace, security and prosperity. These principles need to be a framework as well as a basis for overcoming the various challenges faced by ASEAN countries together,” he said.

Lodewijk also called on AIPA member countries to unite in facing the various big challenges that lie ahead. Lodewijk hopes that the meeting held by AIPA can make a useful and meaningful contribution to making the ASEAN region better and more promising in the future.

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